Charlotte Pipe and Foundry
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Charlotte Pipe Elevates Hardison to CEO

Dec. 30, 2021
Longtime firm veteran Hooper Hardison now succeeds Roddey Dowd Jr., who becomes vice chairman of the 120-year-old manufacturer.


CHARLOTTE, NC, December 21, 2021 – Earlier this month, the board of directors of Charlotte Pipe and Foundry elected Hooper Hardison to succeed Roddey Dowd Jr. as CEO of the company. Hooper joined Charlotte Pipe in 1988 and has held a variety of sales and management positions with the firm over more than three decades of service.

Dowd Jr. assumed the CEO role from Frank Dowd, IV, in 2012 and served in the position for nine years. Dowd Jr. will continue working full-time in 2022 in his new role as Vice-Chairman of the Board. Frank Dowd, IV, will remain as Chairman.

“I am extremely proud to be part of an organization that values hard work, cares about it associates, and gives back to the communities in which we live and work,” Hardison said. “It has been an honor to be a part of this great company, and I am excited about our future.”

The Board also elected fifth generation Dowd family members Roddey Dowd, III, and Jenner Wood, as well as Joseph Pantone, as vice presidents. 


Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, has seven manufacturing plants across the U.S. The nation’s leading maker of cast iron and plastic pipe and fittings for plumbing applications, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry has been in continuous operation since 1901 and remains privately held.